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Principal's Message for August 22, 2015


Principal’s Message: David L. Ortiz

Welcome Back: On behalf of our staff and school district, welcome to the new school year. We are honored to serve our students and families, and promise to do everything in our power to prosper each student academically, socially, and emotionally.


Our success rests directly on our shoulders as a community. Thus, it is imperative that we make an ongoing effort to function as a “team” to promote trust, communication, commitment, accountability, and results. Additionally, it is also critical that we remain “contractual” in our agreements. This means that we do what we are required to do as well as what we promise to do.


Throughout all the years, I have shared how proud I am of our school legacy. I know this year will be a continuance of that legacy and more. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.


Can’t wait to get started!

Remember, school starts Wednesday, August 26 at 8:30 (anniversary #56) and Back-to-School is Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 in the auditorium. Go La Colina Lions!

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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Reports (CAASPP):

  • New measure for assessing student relative to the new Common Core State Standards
  • Parents/guardians will receive individual student scores; based on computer-based tests in English language arts/literacy and mathematics
  • Score will range from 2,000 to 3,000
  • Four levels include: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met, and standard exceeded
  • Student strengths and concerns will be noted
  • English focus: reading, writing, listening, and research
  • Mathematics focus: problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and communicating mathematical reasoning
  • Each of these areas will be rated: below standard, at or near standard, and above standard
  • Grade 11 students will also receive a rating on their readiness for credit-bearing college-level work
  • Grades 5 and 8 will also receive individual scores for the California Standards Test for Science
  • Refrain from comparisons between the CAASPP and previous tests; they are different
  • This first year is a baseline year; starting point
  • Most students will need to make significant progress; don’t be discouraged
  • CAASPP Office contacts: and (916) 445-8765
  • Video (CAASPP report):

Scavenger Hunt (Monday, 8-24 @ 4:00): This is a Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) sponsored activity. It is intended to provide students who need to familiarize themselves with the campus additional support; it is not mandatory.

Mark Your Calendar:

8-24 PTSA Scavenger Hunt (4:00, campus introduction)

8-25 Homerooms (4:00, posted on front auditorium doors)

8-26 School starts (#56)

9-4 Picture Day

9-7 Labor Day Holiday

9-10 Back-to-School (6:00, auditorium meeting followed by class rotations)

9-11 Patriot Day Anniversary

9-15 Minimum Day (8:30-11:56)

9-29 Superintendent visit (8:30)

11-1 Daylight Saving (clocks fall back)

11-11 Veteran’s Day Holiday

11-23 Thanksgiving Recess Week

12-1 Minimum Day (8:30-11:56)

12-21 Winter Recess Week

12-28 Winter Recess Week

1-18 Martin Luther King Holiday

1-22 Minimum Day (End-of-Semester; 8:30-11:56)

2-12 Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday

2-15 President’s Day Holiday

3-28 Spring Recess Week

5-30 Memorial Day Holiday

6-8 Minimum Day (End-of-Semester; 8:30-11:56; Promotion @ 10:15, Palm Stage)